By Lucy Ashton

Scottish Labour has blasted the SNP failure to deal with the “twin crises” facing Scotland, as polling shows Scots don’t trust the SNP government to help with the cost of living crisis or the NHS crisis.

The Scottish Government’s own public attitude survey has revealed that 55 per cent of Scots don’t trust the Scottish Government to work in Scotland’s best interests when it came to the cost of living crisis.

The SNP’s record on the NHS came out even worse, with 59 per cent of people saying they don’t trust the Scottish Government when it comes to the current pressures on NHS services.

Cost of living, mortgages, transport, hospital discharges, dentistry, food and drink. SNP have nowhere to claim success with any of their policies.

These figures were branded “damning” by Scottish Labour, who criticised the SNP’s failure to deal with these two key issues.

Scottish Labour has called on the Scottish Government to use its powers to tackle the cost of living crisis by reducing the cost of transport, delivering a £100 water bill rebate to households, helping people struggling with rising mortgage costs, and scrapping plans to hike Council Tax.

The party has also been demanding action to end the chaos engulfing the NHS, including better workforce planning to deal with staffing vacancies and high agency costs, support for social care and better pay in the sector to tackle delayed discharge, and accelerated delivery of the network of National Treatment Centres to deal with record waiting lists.

Scottish Labour Deputy Leader Jackie Baillie said “We are in the grips of a cost of living crisis causing financial misery and an NHS crisis putting lives in danger.

“This damning polling shows how many Scots feel abandoned by the SNP during the twin crises facing Scotland.

“Scotland deserves better than the same old excuses from this tired and out-of-touch SNP government.

“Only Labour has a real plan to tackle the cost of living crisis, renew our economy and deliver a real NHS recovery.”

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